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Meet WICA’s summer students!

We are thrilled to announce that three students are joining West Island Citizen Advocacy (WICA)’s team for the summer. Thanks to the financial support of the federal government, WICA can offer a unique experience in the community sector to these three young women. For several years now, WICA has benefited from the contribution of students from diverse educational backgrounds. Their knowledge is put toward

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Meet a Unique Artist

For the past six years, Patricia has been part of the Rendez-Vous Arts program (RVA), which offers art classes to adults struggling with various health and mental issues. The idea is to improve the quality of life for the RVA participants through artistic expression. In a world where one’s value in society is increasingly based on one’s ability to work, Patricia’s experience with art

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Good luck to RVA coordinator Natasha Martel

WICA sadly said goodbye to Natasha Martel earlier this month. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors! Thanks Natasha for all you have done for Rendez-Vous Arts (RVA). Your gentle spirit will be greatly missed. Niki Firman will take over the Rendez-Vous Arts coordinator position. For the past six months, Niki and Natasha have been working together on the RVA exhibition that

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RVA Exhibition series – Part 2

For the past three years, Geneviève has conducted art classes on a regular basis in a retirement house. As part of the Rendez-Vous Arts (RVA) program, she introduces participants to painting and water painting. At the end of the year, the finished paintings are collected and some are chosen to be presented at our Annual Rendez-Vous Arts exhibition. This year’s exhibition will be held

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RVA Exhibition series – Part 1

In less than a month, Gaby will attend her first Exhibition and Sale of the Rendez-Vous Arts (RVA) program as a Coach artist. A young 22-year-old artist, Gaby devoted her time last year to the RVA program which aims at improving the quality of life for people living with a handicap or mental health problem, through creativity and community integration. “I just feel like

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Break the stigma of mental health – Part 3

“As a [social work] student they’re always saying you need to have empathy, you have to put yourself in their shoes, but not to a point you get overwhelmed. They would always say only those who’ve been through can truly understand. And then when something happen to me they say you can’t be a social worker now. And I was crushed. Cause I thought,

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Break the stigma of mental health – Part 2

From Colleen’s own perspective, she feels that the moment people know that someone has mental health problem, they don’t see that person the same way. They change the way they speak and act and tiptoe around the issue, they build these jails made of glass. For those like Colleen, it is especially frustrating because people only see the mental health problems. One’s qualities, passions

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Break the stigma of mental health – Part 1

“I got shunned (out), I got ignored, I got treated differently.” You are standing up, looking at the world bustling about. You are surrounded by people talking to one another and laughing together. In a spontaneous gesture, you step forward to join them. Until you hit something hard and cold. Your body crashes against what seems to be glass. You don’t understand what is

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Goodbye Joe Fahey

WICA is sad to say goodbye to an amazing man and devoted volunteer, Joe Fahey, who passed away on July 10th 2015. Joe was a long-time volunteer for WICA as an artist coach for the Rendez-Vous Arts project. His constant dedication and compassion towards his students and staff alike will certainly be missed.On behalf of the West Island Citizen Advocacy we would like to

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